Locally Driven, Internationally Supported
Targeted and effective partnerships are the key to successful COMOS initiatives. From preparing the next generation’s workforce to prevent and respond to emerging infectious disease to ensuring greater collaboration across government ministries in designing and implementing antimicrobial resistance national action plans, COMOS initiatives are marked by a multi-sectoral, collaborative approach.
COMOS-Global Health Seed Grants
A partnership between the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety awards a special subset of seed grants referred to as Consortium on One Medicine One Science (COMOS) Seed Grants. In addition to the goals of encouraging interdisciplinary research and partnerships between U of M faculty and global instutitions, COMOS Seed Grants prioritize projects that:
- Address complex systems or problems that require a strong interdisciplinary component besides Health Science;
- Contribute to build international networks (including individuals and institutions)
- Use, or explore the use of best practices in health data governance
- Include a component of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) or economic or financial analysis of a health-related issue
On April 29, 2018, at iCOMOS 2018 at the University of Minnesota, a half-day workshop was held to facilitate the creation of a consortium of like-minded partners who are committed to cooperating and leveraging our resources and projects to improve global health through One Medicine One Science.
During the half-day event, a diverse group of 36 partners from thirteen countries established shared goals for COMOS and identified core approaches for achieving these goals. Attendees from academia, national government agencies, non-profit organizations and intergovernmental organizations from around the world joined together to develop a plan to launch Consortium efforts.
The highly interactive workshop used social science techniques to draw from the collective knowledge of the room and foster networking and partnership among national and international partners and across disciplines. Collectively, the participants identified shared topics and goals, identified core approaches for achieving these shared goals that meet needs in the ‘One Health, EcoHealth, Planetary Health’ realm and then created action plans for launching initial collaborative efforts for the consortium.